The Quebec Nordiques were one of the World Hockey Association (WHA)’s original teams when the league began play in 1972. Though first awarded to a group in San Francisco, the team quickly moved to Quebec City when the California deal soured because of financial and arena problems. During their seven WHA seasons, the Nordiques won the Avco World Trophy once, in 1977 and lost the finals once, in 1975. In 1979, the franchise entered the NHL, along with the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers, Hartford Whalers and Winnipeg Jets. NHL Colorado Avalanche Personalized 3D Hoodie Mask. Quebec Nordiques practicing prior to a game in the 1986–87 season. The Avalanche previously played as the Nordiques from 1972 to 1995.